Published on July 7th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


SUV or Crossover. What Is The Difference

You have been considering a high riding large hatchback like vehicle……a SUV…..then someone shows a car brochure with a picture of a SUV but it is called a Crossover. This confuses you and the sale person in the showroom does not explain what and where the difference lies. Well, let us help you.

So what’s the difference? Why are some models called Crossovers while others are known as SUVs? Crossovers are mostly built to handle with the ride quality and convenience of a car, while SUVs are built for more challenging terrain, larger payloads, or for rough terrain duties.

Crossovers start with a car’s “unibody” (underneath it is all from a car) architecture, which simply means the body of the car and its frame, or “foundation,” are a single piece.

SUVs use a “body on frame” make-up that links two independent pieces together. The benefits of a unibody design are that it’s lighter, which leads to better fuel efficiency, agility, and a softer ride. Meanwhile, a heavier “body on frame” design is far more durable both in terms of rust and when driven on high-impact terrain (driving offroad).


So, now that you know this let us show us some examples of a Crossover and some SUV possibilities.

Crossover –

Mazda CX3


Subaru XV





Honda HR-V


Renault Captur


Lexus NX



Mercedes G-Wagon


Audi Q7


Volvo XC90

The new Volvo XC90 T6, exterior

Infiniti QX70


Goodyear f1 650x85(DSF)


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